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Lead Electronics Engineer

Particle Physics

Applications are invited for a Lead Electronics Engineer in FPGA firmware development for the PaMIr project. The full-time post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 24 months. Following the fixed-term appointment in the PaMIr group at Oxford University a suitable postholder may have the unique opportunity to enter into a permanent position at VadaTech Ltd in Southampton.

PaMIr is an innovation partnership scheme project in collaboration with VadaTech PLC and Etalon AG. It is aimed at the development of novel interferometry techniques for distance metrology applications in science and industry. An introduction to the basic principles of this project is provided in the Job Description. The successful candidate will take a lead role in developing interferometric distance measurement techniques for the PaMIr project.

Applicants should possess a degree in electronics or a related field that provides them with a strong background in FPGA programming. They should further have significant proven experience as an engineer in a firmware design environment using VHDL or Verilog. The role also requires proven experience in the use and programming of PC interface hardware (i.e. PCIe, Gb Ethernet, USB, etc.) for data acquisition purposes using computer programming languages (C++ and C or similar). Previous experience in Signal Processing, the microTCA or ATCA standards and test instrumentation including DSO’s, Spectrum and Logic Analysers will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate ability for self-motivated work to tight deadlines without the need for close supervision. The ability to communicate effectively in English both written and spoken will be essential.

Please read the “Person Specification and Job Description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a curriculum vita, a description of work experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to: sue.geddes@physics.ox.ac.uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to: Professor Armin Reichold (armin.reichold@physics.ox.ac.uk).

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 1 October 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Particle Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant for the PaMIr project. The full-time post is available for a fixed-term duration of 2 years with possibility of extension. The post is based in Oxford.

PaMIr is an innovation partnership scheme project in collaboration with VadaTech PLC and Etalon AG. It is aimed at the development of novel interferometry techniques for distance metrology applications in science and industry. An introduction to the basic principles of this project is provided in the Job Description.

The successful candidate will take a lead role in developing novel interferometric distance measurement techniques in the PaMIr project. This will range from the development of analytical mathematical solutions via numerical simulations to full scale prototype construction and data analysis. Applicants should hold a doctorate (or be very close to obtaining a doctorate) in experimental physics or a related field which provides a background in physical optics. Previous experience with experimental interferometry and laser systems as well as data acquisition and data analysis using high level computer languages is desirable. Candidates are expected to demonstrate ability for self-motivated work, to plan and execute research activities, and to work in a team. The ability to communicate effectively in English both written and spoken will be essential.

The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please read the “Person Specification and Job Description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a curriculum vita, a description of work experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to: sue.geddes@physics.ox.ac.uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to: Professor Armin Reichold: armin.reichold@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 1 October 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ultracold Quantum Gases in Two Dimensions

Atomic and Laser Physics

The Department of Physics is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ultracold quantum gases in two dimensions. The post is available for a fixed-term of 24 months.

The project will investigate fundamental aspects of non-equilibrium physics using ultracold atoms including thermalisation, the KT transition and universality. We have developed innovative experimental techniques to trap 2D quantum gases in a double-well potential created by multiple radio frequencies. Using this potential, we will make interferometric measurements to determine the probability distribution function of the quantum wave function. The cold-atom apparatus is used as a 'quantum simulator' of many-body phases. For further details see: http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/S013105/1

The successful candidate will carry out experimental research as part of a team. Tasks will include presenting results at conferences and co-authoring research papers, sharing responsibility for safe laboratory practice, especially laser systems, and assisting with some administrative duties. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach, including small group teaching, tutoring of undergraduates and graduate students, and demonstrating experiments on the practical course.

Applicants should hold a PhD, or be near completion, in physics or a related field and a strong background in experimental atomic physics. Candidates are expected to demonstrate proven research skills in a relevant area including operating complex experimental apparatus, motivation and the ability to work as part of a team, experience of analysing data and publishing results, experience in experimental design and purchasing of equipment alongside good communication and presentation skills. Experience of carrying out experiments in the field of laser cooling of atoms (or ions) is desirable.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Christopher Foot (christopher.foot@physics.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 22 October 2018 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 22 October 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

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